AskMen\'s most desirable women-list

AskMen, the Internet's #1 lifestyle site for men and one of the premier sites in the Fox Interactive Media (FIM) network, recently unveiled its 7th annual Top 99 Most Desirable Women list, brought to readers by returning sponsor Budweiser Select. AskMen readers cast a record number of online votes this year - more than 8.5 million - to name the women who best embody the qualities of a "fantasy girlfriend." Beyonce Knowles, the famous singer turned actress, is the #1 Most Desirable Woman of 2007. Screen star Scarlett Johansson is the runner-up and actress Jessica Alba, last year's #1 Most Desirable Woman, rounds out the top three. The remaining top ten include Brazilian supermodel Adriana Lima, actress Jessica Biel, Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio, Latin American pop singer Shakira, "Access Hollywood" host Maria Menounos, actress and U.N. Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie and actress Elisha Cuthbert.

The Top 99 Women of 2007’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women list first emerged in 2001 as an attempt to counterbalance the surplus of “Most Sexy” and “Most Beautiful” lists published elsewhere by other men’s lifestyle outlets. In casting their votes for the annual Top 99 Most Desirable Women, readers are asked to look beyond the nominees’ surface assets and take into account the character traits that they would prize in a girlfriend or wife, such as strength of personality, ambition and intelligence.
From the reveal of the inaugural winner, Laetitia Casta, to that of last year’s No. 1, Jessica Alba, the Top 99 Most Desirable Women lists have acted as the definitive gauge for identifying what modern men desire most in their female companions. This year, over 8.5 million votes were cast worldwide as readers identified those females from the worlds of music, entertainment and fashion who they felt best represented their ideal woman.
Big Things in Store for This Year’s Winner? Since its inception, the Top 99 Most Desirable Women has become somewhat of a predictor list; the No. 1 women of years past have gone on to experience career watersheds shortly after earning the distinction. After taking the 2002 title, Italian actress Monica Bellucci broke into the American market with a series of high-profile roles. 2003’s Most Desirable Woman, Charlize Theron, won her first Academy Award a year thereafter, and Adriana Lima’s 2005 anointment was followed up by her firm establishment as one of Victoria’s Secret’s banner models and a household name and face. Only time will tell what lies ahead for 2007’s titleholder.

The Top 5
This year’s top five women includes two former Top 99 titleholders, an actress who was recently named as the sexiest woman alive by FHM magazine, the breathtakingly beautiful girlfriend of an iconic New York city sports legend, and a multi-Grammy award-winning Bootylicious Dreamgirl.

Number 5
Jessica Biel

What is she known for?
Although best-known for her role as Mary Camden in the WB’s squeaky clean series 7th Heaven, Jessica Biel has shown her diversity as an actress in taking on less PG-rated roles since her departure from the show. She was seen screaming for her life in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003), donning a period costume and an English accent in The Illusionist (2006), and heading to war in Home of the Brave (2006). Of course, we can’t forget to mention that she’s also known for having one of the best bodies in Hollywood.
2006 Career highlights
Jessica’s increasingly higher profile in the media has garnered her a two-spot jump on our list. Formerly at No. 7, Jessica spent the last year appearing in two films (The Illusionist and Home of the Brave), and donating her time to various charities like Make the Difference Network, PETA and the home rehabilitation organization Rebuilding Together. She also showed the world that her heart is as big as her talent as she auctioned herself off for a date to raise money for a Colorado teen who lost her leg in a tragic car accident; the winning bid for a date with this stunning starlet was an impressive $30,000.
As for her personal life, Jessica spent the latter part of the year frolicking on the beach or taking strolls around Los Angeles with her rumored boyfriend, New York Yankees star shortstop Derek Jeter.
2007 career forecast
2007 will see Jessica Biel starring alongside Hollywood heavyweights Nicolas Cage and Julianne Moore in Next, and the comedy I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry with Adam Sandler and Kevin James.

Number 4
Adriana Lima

What is she known for?
Known as “the best face in the industry” and “the most in-demand runway model in the world,” Adriana Lima is at the very top of the supermodel food chain. Although she is best-known for her status as one of the sizzling Victoria’s Secret Angels, she is also the spokesmodel for Guess?, XOXO and Armani Jeans. Over the course of her career, she has appeared in dozens of ad campaigns and has graced the pages of innumerable fashion magazines.
2006 Career highlights
After topping’s Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2005 and sitting comfortably in the No. 4 spot of the 2006 edition, Adriana is back in the top 5 in 2007. Over the past year, Adriana has become one of the most coveted models in the industry and the third highest-paid model in the world. In fact, she is so famous in Italy that she can’t even walk down the street. “It's insane!” she says. “Some people ask me for my autograph and a picture, but mostly they will follow me around. They follow me into bathrooms!”
2007 career forecast
Adriana will appear alongside Heidi Klum, Gisele Bundchen and Alessandra Ambrosio, in the 2007 edition of the insanely hot Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. She’ll also continue to strut her stuff on the world’s runways. But this Brazilian beauty isn’t only concerned with the fashion world. In fact, she continues to help with the expansion of an orphanage in her hometown of Salvador, Brazil. “When I help someone, I lose 0.01% of my ego,” she says.

Number 3
Jessica Alba

What is she known for?
Jessica Alba is cited as one of the most interesting celebrities in Hollywood. Voted’s 2006 Most Desirable Woman, she is a perfect package, combining beauty, sex appeal, and innate kindness with a sarcastic edge. "I'm really good at being sarcastic with guys. That's the best way to hang out with them, because that's what guys like. They don't want the quiet, prissy little things," she says.
2006 Career highlights
Jessica Alba is a classic good girl. In 2006, she was involved in a law suit against Playboy for its use of her image without her consent. "I don't do nudity. I just don't. Maybe that makes me a bad actress. Maybe I won't get hired in some things. But I have too much anxiety.” Proof of her innate goodness, she later dropped the lawsuit after Hugh Hefner apologized and agreed to make donations to two charities that Alba has supported.
Want more proof of her kindness? During the filming of Awake (2007), Alba and Hayden Christensen visited the nearby Bellevue hospital and spent time with the children, bringing them Christmas goodies.
2007 Career forecast
Jessica Alba’s career is showing no signs of slowing down. She has seven movies coming out in 2007, including sequels to Sin City and Fantastic Four.

Number 2
Scarlett Johansson

What is she known for?
Although she's been acting for over a decade, Scarlett Johansson burst onto the scene with a star-making performance in 2003’s Lost in Translation. Scarlett spent the last several years appearing in a wide variety of films, including a historical drama (2003’s Girl with a Pearl Earring), a science-fiction thriller (2005’s The Island), and even a feature-length cartoon (Scarlett lent her voice to The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie). Scarlett’s reputation for hooking up with some of the hottest men in Hollywood -- young (Jared Leto) and old (Benicio Del Toro) -- precedes her, and she’s made it clear on several occasions that she doesn’t entirely believe in the concept of monogamy.
2006 Career highlights
2006 was an expectedly busy year for Scarlett, as the actress appeared in three films of varying success. Scoop reunited the actress with her Match Point director, Woody Allen, while The Black Dahlia found Scarlett acting opposite then-boyfriend Josh Hartnett. Scarlett also appeared in Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Batman Begins, The Prestige, and lent her voice to two episodes of Comedy Central’s Robot Chicken.
True to her sassy and daring nature, Scarlett raised some eyebrows in February when she appeared naked along with Keira Knightley on the cover of Vanity Fair, and it’s consequently not difficult to see why she’s remained a fixture on this list for the last several years.
2007 Forecast
Scarlett’s fans can expect to see (and hear) more of her over the coming year, as her first endeavor is due to be released in April. The Nanny Diaries, based on the hit book, casts Scarlett alongside folks like Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney and Chris Evans, while The Other Boleyn Girl -- a historical drama set during the reign of King Henry VIII -- counts Natalie Portman and Eric Bana among its cast members. Scarlett is also hard at work on her first album, Scarlett Sings Tom Waits, which will (as the title implies) consist entirely of Tom Waits covers.

Number 1

What is she known for?
As the front woman for one of the most popular female groups of all time, Destiny’s Child, and a multi-platinum selling solo artist, Beyonce is known the world over for her soulful voice, infectious smile and ladylike poise. In the last few years, this Southern belle has also carried her talent onto the big screen, starring in such films as Austin Powers: Goldmember (2002), The Pink Panther (2006) and the critically acclaimed, award-season favorite Dreamgirls (2006).
2006 Career highlights
Beyonce’s accomplishments over the last year have helped skyrocket her from last year’s No. 50 position to the coveted No. 1 spot (and deservedly so). Yes, she’s breathtakingly beautiful -- with sexy curves, wide eyes and luscious lips that make her every man’s fantasy woman -- but add a few scoops of talent to that beauty and you have the perfect 10. Beyonce not only proves that she looks great on the red carpet, but she demonstrates that she actually deserves to be on it.
Not only did she help Destiny’s Child sell a total of 60 million albums and singles worldwide from 1998 to 2005, but her solo albums, Dangerously in Love (2003) and B’Day (2006), went platinum many times over and garnered her a combined 11 Grammy Award nominations in 2004 and 2007. At the 2004 Grammys, she took home five of the six awards she was nominated for.
2006 was Beyonce’s year; B’Day sold more than 541,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, giving her the record once held by Christina Aguilera as the highest first-week sales of any solo female artist that year. This also marked the year that Beyonce made her biggest and brightest silver-screen performance as Deena Jones in Dreamgirls. She received much critical praise for her role, and even garnered a coveted Golden Globe Award nomination.
And while she has all the talent and beauty in the world, Beyonce’s big heart is what makes her the perfect woman. Her most notable philanthropic efforts have included becoming a global ambassador for the 2005 World Children's Day program, and forming the Survivor Foundation that same year for Hurricane Katrina victims in the Houston, Texas area.
This female powerhouse has taken the world by storm and has certainly proven that everything she touches turns to gold.
2007 Career forecast
Beyonce’s stream of good luck from 2006 will surely carry over into 2007. The star has already garnered nominations for some of the most prestigious awards in the industry: including a Golden Globe nomination and multiple Grammy nods.’s Most Desirable
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